Help! Poison Ivy!!!

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okey:
Ok, so my daughter apparently ran into some poison ivy.
At first we thought it was a little bug bite on her leg. I told her don't scratch it.
She scratched, it spread. Now she's covered with it.

I know we talked about this before (ahem Shawnie) and someone had a great remedy for the itching.
I've searched and searched and cannot find that thread.

If anyone knows a good remedy for the itching and rash, please pass it on.
Last night I painted her back with Caladryl but she's just miserable!
 

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You can try a hot bath with 1/4 or 1/2 a cup of baking soda, make a paste of oatmeal and plaster it on the rashes (it must be warm but make sure it's not hot for the skin,) you can rub vinegar on the rashes although I hear it's painful but has some soothing effects, or you can take the inside of a banana, the peel, and rub it on the skin or rub a cucumber on there.

That's all I can think of. Every person is different, some will react differently to every treatment. There's a chance your daughter could heal up in less than a day from these treatments or not.
 
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toothpaste lucy!!!!!! stings for about 10 seconds, but then no more itch!~
 

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idk where in the US you live... but i hear plantain is good for itches scratches and small burns... get the leaves, crush it up and "goop it on"
 
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Thank you!!!
Don't have platains, but we have everything else.

Shawnie...that's what is was! Tooth paste lol. I knew it was something off the wall.

I think I'm gonna have to take her to the dr, she's really done a number on her leg. It's nasty! ugh!
 

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I had a severe case of poison ivy on my leg and I used a spray called Ivy-Dry.You can find it at a wal-mart or any other type of store like that.It stings at first but then the rash feels soothed and the poison ivy will clear up in a few days most likely.
 
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Making a list!! Thanks Betta2004!
 

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Thank you!!!
Don't have platains, but we have everything else.

Shawnie...that's what is was! Tooth paste lol. I knew it was something off the wall.

I think I'm gonna have to take her to the dr, she's really done a number on her leg. It's nasty! ugh!
one of my girls is so allergic to it, they have to put her on a steroid and an antibiotic every time she gets it.they turn into severe boils and blisters so dont let it get too bad!!
oatmeal baths will work too....tepid water with the oatmeal poured right into it....not hot water as it will make it itch more!
 

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When I originally recommended the toothpaste to Shawnie, it was because she had gotten that burn. I don't know how it will work on poison ivy, but if you try it, will you let us know the results, Lucy? Your poor daughter - she must be miserable!

Maybe Aveeno bath?
 

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Ouch!! You can try aloe vera gel (Wal-Mart). I wouldn't put any food on it if she's opened up the rash and it's bleeding. I hope she gets better!
 
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Thanks Meenu!

Shawnie, it's pretty bad. She scratched her leg so bad I think it's getting infected. Not to be gross, but it's oozing.
She called from work about an hour ago complaining.
I'll probably keep her out of school tomorrow and call the dr.
 

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aww poor thing I hope she does ok!!!!! but id call them also goodluck to you both!
 

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Poison ivy spreads on me like wildfire. The steroid shot (in the tush so it doesn't hurt real bad) clears it up very quickly.

I hope she feels better soon! Poison ivy is definitely no fun.
 
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions and well wishes.
I think my daughter will be an experiement tonight.
Oatmeal, baking soda, toothpaste, cucumber, Aloe. No banana or platains
HaHa, she's gonna love you guys.
 

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions and well wishes.
I think my daughter will be an experiement tonight.
Oatmeal, baking soda, toothpaste, cucumber, Aloe. No banana or platains
HaHa, she's gonna love you guys.
Tell me how that goes and good luck.

I found this too:
 

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Here's what I've always heard and done:
Rubbing alcohol first. This will not only dry the oil and help remove it from her skin, it will disinfect any open sores. If she's covered with it, she might want to do this in the shower so she can easily rinse the stuff off.
After that, one of any number of anti-itch treatments. Calamine lotion, aloe, anti-histamine, etc...

My plan has the advantage of not being coated in oatmeal or toothpaste (though both do work; the oatmeal soaks the oil up, and toothpaste has something in it that blocks the itchy factor).
 
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Thanks sds.
She just got home from work. The only part that looks like actual poison ivy is where it started on her leg.
Her back and arms look more like a rash or small hives.
I'm thinking it's an allergic reaction.
I tried to get to her take benadryl, but she can't swallow pills.

Funny side note....she had already tried tooth paste, it didn't help.
Some one told her show polish, that helped for a little while.

Hope the dr can see her tomorrow.
 

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Some people are allergic enough to the oil that they will have a body-wide reaction even with a localized exposure.
When I was a kid, I couldn't swallow pills. My mom would crush them or open them and put the powder in a spoonful of jam or mashed banana. If it's bad enough, she may want to try that. If not, I'm sure the doctor will have an answer (probably in the form of a shot of cortisone)
 
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My brother used to get poison ivy really bad. She used bleach on him. That was (cough) many (cough)
I don't think I could bear to do that to my kid. She's really not a kid anymore. She's going to be 18. lol
 
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